SOE Student Lending a Helping Hand…and Needle – During Pandemic

When Ravin Schmitt found out that UWM friends who were working in the health care world during the coronavirus pandemic didn’t have enough masks for all their shifts, she decided to help out.

Schmitt, a fifth year student in the School of Education’s Early Childhood program, hadn’t had much experience other than hand sewing for minor repairs, but she had an expert teacher – her mom, Sara.

UWM student Raven Schmitt smiles while sewing masks.“My mom took time to show me how to make the masks, and it has been wonderful working with her. She made the first few masks and it just skyrocketed from there. It’s one way we could help out.”

Together they’ve made more than 400 masks, donating some and selling others for cost during the past semester. All the while, Schmitt was keeping up with her classwork online from her family home in Sun Prairie. She’s planning to take the summer off to return to help out at a camp where she’s worked for the past four years – if it opens.

Schmitt is scheduled to graduate in December 2020, and looking forward to a career working with young children. “I chose this major because I absolutely adore children. Getting to see how their little minds work amazes me.”

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